by Henno Lohmeyer, exclusive
Baritone Anthony Clark Evans, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, was thrust on the national opera scene while working as a car salesman in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in the Spring of 2012 when he was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, and subsequently went on to win the Giulio Gari Competition, the Mario Lanza Competition, and reached the finals of the Licia Albanese Puccini Competition. All of this within a few weeks. (Although he had received a career grant from the Albanese Foundation, he did not take No for an answer, entered the 2013 competition and won First Prize.) In 2013 he added another trophy to his impressive collection, winning the
General Division title of the International Gerda Lissner Voice Competition.
Deemed “the man who came from nowhere” Evans, 28, topped his extraordinary rookie season with winning the auditions of the Chicago Lyric’s Ryan Center and an invitation to join this prestigious Young Artists Development Program. In his first year in the Windy City he has been already in the Lyric’s main stage productions of Otello, Butterfly and Rusalka, appeared at the Ravinia Festival in Leonard Bernstein’s cycle Songfest, and sang the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs baseball and a Chicago Bears NFL game. He will continue his professional fine-tuning at the Ryan Center for at least a second year.
Evans discovered his talent during his time at Murray State University Kentucky. He studied voice with Dr. Randall Blake as a double major in music education and performance, and was involved in various ensembles, including concert choir,sax quartet, and drum line. He was a two-time finalist at the Orpheus International Vocal Competition in Mufreesboro, Tennessee, and an apprentice artist with the Arkansas Opera in the Ozarks in 2008, before moving to Elizabethtown, where he married his college sweetheart, Kim, a Middle School music teacher, and started to work for a car dealership.
After a few years, itching to sing again, and just to find out, if he still “had it”, he entered the Met battle royal – and the rest is, as the saying goes, the beginning of history.